Seals photos & video
Resources to learn more about seals:
- Video answers to frequently asked questions
- Why commercial seal hunts are cruel
- Timeline of shrinking markets
- IFAW's briefing paper on the WTO
- An Amicus Brief filed with the WTO by Rob Howse from NYU School of Law
- Amici Curiae paper from IFAW and other NGOs
- Fact sheet: Ending Canada’s commercial seal hunt
Year after year, tens of thousands of seals are killed during Canada's commercial seal hunt. The animals are skinned, and sometimes their flippers are cut off. Then their bodies are tossed away.
It's an unnecessary, horrifying waste of life.
Seal meat, while eaten in some parts of Canada, is not the focus of the commercial seal hunt on Canada's East Coast. Almost all of the animals - 92 percent in 2013 - are dumped on the ice or tossed back into the ocean once their fur has been removed. Shockingly, this is completely legal.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans claims it supports "full utilization" of the seals killed, but the reality does not support the claim.
We need answers from the Canadian government. Please write to your MP. Ask why the government continues to support this wasteful, cruel and unnecessary hunt with your tax dollars.
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